Osasuna v Barcelona: LaLiga Match-day 14
With Champion’s League positions always a key motivation, first placed Barca remain in contention as they travel to fifth placed Osasuna.
Osasuna’s campaign so far has seen them accrue 23 points this season
It was a humbling defeat at the hands of Celta Vigo for Jagoba Arrasate’s men in their last match, they will be hoping to get something out of this game for sure.
Also, Osasuna keep finding ways to win, having secured seven victories in their last 13 games is astonishing this season. With 23 points, they currently sit fifth in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 7 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws having won seven matches, drawn two fixtures, and lost four meetings.
Playing at home, Osasuna have won five meetings and lost two matches.
Osasuna will have 26 points if they manage to secure a victory.
A solid defensive team
Defence begins with attack and Osasuna have defended well as a team, borne out by conceding 12 goals in their previous games. Every player has contributed to them delivering a solid defensive display this LaLiga season. The number of goals that a team scores can sometimes give a misleading impression of performance. Osasuna have found the net 15 times (11 from open play and four penalties), but their performance at times this season has been average. This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Ezequiel Avila (6), Kike Garcia (2), and Aimar Oroz (2).
Osasuna are no strangers this season to illness and injury and Jagoba Arrasate is concerned that Tuesday’s fixture could see him without three of his key players.
League leaders Barcelona will seek to win every game, this meeting is no exception
Barca will be keen to retain their winning form, having beaten Almería 2-0 in their last match.
Also, League leaders Barca keep finding ways to win, having secured 11 victories in their last 12 matches is astonishing this season. They are worthy of their place within the Champion’s League zone. 11 wins, 1 losses and 1 draws; That’s worth the number one spot in the League having won 11 matches, drawn one game, and lost one game.
Barca have won five fixtures and lost one game of their six League matches on the road this season.
Barcelona will want to keep the pressure on their rivals as they sit at the top of the table, a win will take them to 37 points and keep their momentum going forward.
Good Attacking Performance
This has been a good season so far for Barca, in terms of goals scored (31). This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Robert Lewandowski (13), Ousmane Dembele (4), and Ansu Fati (3). With only four goals conceded so far, Barca’s defence can be considered to be strong.
Barca’s squad has depth, but even so, Xavi is likely to be missing five of they key players when they start Tuesday’s game.
Osasuna v Barcelona – Head-to-Head.
Regarding their historical duels the recent form between these two sides has seen Barca with a greater number of wins. In the last 40 meetings, they have enjoyed 24 victories, to Osasuna’s six wins. Also, Barca remain un-beaten in their last three fixtures played at the Estadio El Sadar against Osasuna. March 2022 was the most recent time these two clashed in this competition and Los Rojillos took all three points winning 4-0.
Other standout players for Osasuna are Kike Garcia and Aimar Oroz with two goals and two goals respectively and for Barca are Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati with four goals and three goals respectively.